Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Expansion

The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex expansion is underway. Find the latest construction updates below.


On this page

  1. Project background
  2. Construction updates
  3. Impacts to local residents
  4. Construction timelines

Project background

This project supports the vision of the recreation and leisure services master plan approved by council in November 2008, which recognizes a demand for new facility space as the city’s population continues to grow and new trends in recreation activities emerge.

We are building:

  • a new civic front on the east side of the building that will include an activity court/gymnasium, additional lobby space, change rooms, inclusive washrooms
  • a renovated Hauser Haus to allow for additional fitness programming in two exercise studios and a secondary indoor walking concourse
  • a new two-storey building - the Community Pavilion - on the west-side of the property as the new home for the city’s older adult recreation program currently offered at the Adult Recreation Centre (ARC) and Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre. The building will connect to the WMRC facility with an elevated pedestrian bridge

Construction updates

On May 1 2020, the provincial government revised its guidelines regarding municipal construction projects. We are pleased to announce that the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex is now proceeding as planned. 

The following construction activity is underway:

Community Pavilion:

  • Second floor concrete poured (completely)
  • Stairwell concrete slabs poured
  • Circular columns complete
  • Backfill bridge piers complete
  • Mechanical and electrical underground sleeves

Civic Front:

  • All piers now completed and backfilled
  • Backfilling around pier footings and strip footings
  • Grading inside and out of building footprint
  • Plumbing underground services underway
  • Electrical underground services underway 

Barrel roof:

  • Main roof substantially completed
  • Flashing - underway

Site works:

  • Forms for curbs on pavilion front
  • Forms for curbs on civic front
  • Sidewalk on pavilion front
  • Sidewalk on civic front
  • Preparations for paving underway 

Interior renovations:

  • Interior renovation work is currently underway in the change rooms, hallway areas, arena concessions and arena washrooms
  • Throughout the construction process, we will update you on parking, programming and other changes. Bookmark this page or check Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates.
  • We will also post updates through other communication channels, such as e-newsletters.

Throughout the construction process, we will update you on parking, programming and other changes. Bookmark this page or check Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates.

We will also post updates through other communication channels, such as e-newsletters.

Impacts to local residents

  • with ongoing excavation work, residents can expect a higher number of construction vehicles entering and exiting the site daily
  • the west entrance to the facility is temporarily closed for site servicing
  • residents may experience dust and loud noise
  • construction work will take place Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • work may be required outside of these hours - if so, adherence to the noise bylaw will occur, or a variance notice will be given

Construction timelines

The WMRC expansion project has a 24 month construction schedule. Throughout the 24 months, the community will continue to see construction activities as well as construction equipment in and around the site. 

Completion dates:

  • occupancy of Community Pavilion: Summer 2021
  • total completion of project: Summer 2022